Is there any benefit in trying to understand and obey God’s will in your life? This question should be asked and its answer should satisfy. Otherwise you will never be sure why you are seeking God’s will in your life. Four benefits of seeking God’s will are enumerated here.
A Special Relationship:
Jesus was once told that His mother and brothers were standing outside and wanting to speak to Him. When He heard it He used that context to teach a lesson of great importance. He replied by pointing to His disciples and saying that they were His mother and brothers! It was a surprising reply. He went on to explain:
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother (Matthew 12:50 NIV, also Mark 3:35).
So Jesus has a special relationship with those who do the will of God. Isn’t it a great privilege to have such an intimate relationship with Jesus?
A Special Distinction:
Doing God’s will might never be easy because it might go against popular thinking. During those times of discouragement a thought can come to your mind: “It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty?” (Malachi 3:14b NIV). God listens and hears such complaints. The Bible says that “a scroll of remembrance” is kept in His presence wherein is written about those who fear the Lord and honor His name. And God says that He will spare such people just like a father spares his son who serves him. He will do this in compassion. And finally God says:
And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not (Malachi 3:18 NIV).
Yes, the day will come when the world will know that God makes a distinction in your life; for you serve Him and honor His name and do His will.
A Special Reward:
God rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Ref. Hebrews 11:6). For example, Paul writing to slaves asks them to serve their masters in this fashion: “Like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart” (Ephesians 6:6b NIV). He says further that they should be motivated thus because God was going to reward them:
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free (Ephesians 6:7,8 NIV).
Paul himself looked forward to the crown of righteousness that God would reward him with. He hoped thus because he had fought the good fight, and finished the race, and kept the faith (Ref. 2 Timothy 4:6–8). So, for you too, God has kept rewards in store. The day He awards them to you will be special. So be encouraged to keep on doing God’s will in your life.
A Special Happiness:
Faithfulness in one’s life and work is the best that God expects from you. Known or unknown, appreciated by others or not, if you continue to be faithful in what He has entrusted you with; that is doing God’s will. And God honors such faithfulness. He rewards such faithfulness with great joy—the fullness joy in His presence:
Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:21 NIV).
So the happiness comes along with a promotion too. Doing God’s will faithfully in this life will reward you with God’s own joy in the world to come. So be faithful!